Centre Dentaire St-Luc

After the extraction of a wisdom tooth

  • Clench your teeth on the gauze for one hour to stop the bleeding;
  • Avoid rinsing, spitting, smoking, drinking with a straw and doing any physical exercise for the first 24 hours;
  • Mouthwash is recommended: Warm salt water, especially after meals, for at least 15 days, to facilitate healing (1 teaspoon of salt in 1000 ml of water) or use the mouthwash that was prescribed;
  • Bleeding: It is normal for saliva to be coloured for the first 24 hours. If real bleeding occurs, place a compress on the operated area with continuous pressure for 1 hour or longer (a wet tea bag can replace the gauze pad).
  • Swelling: Swelling can occur and can reach its maximum up to 48 hours postoperatively, then gradually disappear within the next week. Apply a covered bag of ice for 15 to 20 minutes every hour for 24 hours. The following day, do the same with a lukewarm water towel, at the same frequency. Sleeping in a semi-reclined position for a few days following your surgery will help to reduce swelling. Use 2 to 3 pillows.
  • Take your painkillers according to the medical prescription. Start taking them before the anesthesia wears out and take them regularly (as prescribed) for the first 24 hours (do not wait for pain);
  • Diet: You can eat the same day of the surgery but do not eat foods that are too hot or too spicy. A progressive soft diet is advised.
  • Discoloration (bruising, blue) of the skin may occur occasionally and gradually disappear within a week or so.